On January 23, 2012, the Bonhams Entertainment Department will offer Property from the Collection of Dr. Arnold W. Klein in Los Angeles. Klein, the noted Beverly Hills dermatologist, philanthropist, and ultimate Hollywood insider, was for many years a close personal friend and confidant to Michael Jackson and many other celebrities.
The Collection of Dr. Arnold W. Klein will feature numerous modern and contemporary works by noted artists of the period, 20th century decorative arts and entertainment memorabilia, including a Bentley once owned by Cher and items with links to Carrie Fisher, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor, among others.
Leading the Entertainment Memorabilia section of the auction is a 2005 Bentley Continental GT twin turbo 6.0-litre W12 (est. $80,000-120,000). Formerly owned by Cher, the vehicle exhibits the classic characteristics of a Bentley power plant: stunning torque and power.
Also of note within the Entertainment section are a Versace leather jacket (est. $1,800-2,500) and a hat (est. $7,000-10,000) once owned by Jackson; a pair of diamond and onyx cufflinks once owned by Elizabeth Taylor (est. $5,000-7,000); a gold Cartier pen, also from Taylor (est. $2,500-3,500); a prop sword used onscreen during the filming of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series (est. $2,000-4,000); a harmonica used by Bob Dylan (est. $1,000-1,500) and a selection of lightsaber collectible prototypes from the "Star Wars" series signed by Carrie Fisher (est. $800-1,200 each), among others.
Additional highlights include "Elizabeth Taylor, 2004" from Vik Muniz's Diamond Divas series (est. $80,000-120,000); "Brooke Shields" by California artist Robert Graham (est. $30,000-40,000); an acrylic painting on canvas titled "Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964, 1965" by Richard Pettibone (est. $20,000-30,000); an untitled work on paper by Eric Fischl (est. $20,000-30,000) and an offset lithograph laminated to die-cut grey cardboard and foam core with stainless steel elements titled "Geometric Mouse, Scale D Home-Made" (A/P 73), 1971 by Claes Oldenburg (est. $800-1,200), among others.
The illustrated auction catalogue will be available online at www.bonhams.com/us in the weeks preceding the preview and auction.
Preview: January 20-22, 2012, Los Angeles
Auction: January 23, 2012, Los Angeles
Press Contact: Jannelle Grigsby, 310-567-7990, email@example.com
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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